Authorities in Mexico City reported on Thursday the arrest of two men transporting a pair of sea lions in a van, in Benito Juárez.
«The events occurred when the uniforms conducted prevention patrols on the Tlalpan road, Colonia Iztaccíhuatl, had contact with a vehicle with polarized glass, so they marked the driver high. After a visual review of the unit, two wooden boxes were found at the rear, which are used for the transfer of animals,» the Capital Security Secretariat said, in a statement.
«For this reason, the crew members of the unit were requested to allow a thorough review. So they noticed that a very strong fishy smell was coming out of the boxes and unusual noises were heard.
People assured that they were transporting two sea lions, which they intended to take to the airport to be sent to Japan. However, they did not have the corresponding documentation for legal possession and transfer, so they were arrested,» he added.
The animals, the authorities detailed, were in unsuitable conditions, «with an obvious state of dehydration», so they were transferred for veterinary medical care.
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